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St. Clair College - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
Campus:

South Campus - Windsor (H796)
   - Centre for Applied Health Sciences

Credential:

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
 - Delivered in 2.5 years

Starts:
September

Contact:


Christine Gardin
519-972-2727 ext. 4413
cgardin@stclaircollege.ca

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This advanced diploma program will prepare the graduate for entry-to-practice as a General Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist). Simulation labs and clinical placement settings will expose the student to practical learning. Course work includes clinical application courses, sonographic physics, sonographic identification of normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and patho-physiology of the abdomen, pelvis, and small parts of the adult, pediatric, and fetal patient, and comprehensive exam reviews. Utilizing advanced knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy, pathology, and physical applications, a sonographer performs examinations to provide diagnostic ultrasound images for interpretation by a medical radiologist. As a member of a health-care team, the sonographer will produce images of internal body structures utilizing a variety of hand-held acoustical scanning probes and imaging techniques. The profession requires critical thinking skills, judgment, and the ability to provide safe and competent health care.

The overall program goals and objectives are aligned with the current National Competency Profiles (NCP) for the Generalist, as approved by the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (CSDMS) boards.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates will work as an Ultrasound Technologist in such settings as hospitals, clinical laboratories, and other health care facilities.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics - MCT4C, MAP4C, MHF4U, or MCV4U
  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test is required for entrance into this program. There is a fee associated with this test. Details will be provided to applicants.

NOTE: This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.

COMPUTER PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:

Students in this program must have basic computer literacy, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and e-mail.

ACCREDITATION

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is registered for Canadian Medical Association Accreditation. After final accreditation, graduates will be eligible to write the CARDUP credentialing exam. The program's registered status and tentative date of the assessment are posted on the Official List of Programs at www.cma.ca/accredit.

CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.
  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • NIOSH N95 Respirator Fit Test
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
      - MUST be obtained by you, the student.
      - Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
      - Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
      - You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: H796

YOUR INVESTMENT

Fees are subject to adjustment each year. The standard tuition and compulsory fees for 2013 are as follows:

Total 1st Year Tuition and Compulsory Fees
$6,070.83

For textbook prices see the Bookstore website .

For a breakdown of tuition and other compulsory fees for Canadian, U.S. and International students, see Tuition & Fees.


DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
SON100
6
Human Anatomy & Physiology
SON102
3
Sonography Physics I
SON101
4
Basic Sonography Techniques
SON107
5
Abdominal Sonography I


Semester 2
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
SON201
4

Pelvic Sonography and Pathology
SON209
5
Abdominal Sonography II
SON208
3
Introduction to Patient Care
SON405
4
Obstetric Sonography I


Semester 3
SON350
20
Clinical Sonography I

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 4
SON402
2
Sonography Physics II
SON401
4
High Resolution Imaging
AHS201
3

Applied Health Science
Statistics
SON502
4
Obstetric Sonography II
SON508
4

Introduction to Vascular Sonography
SON403
3
Abdominal and Pelvic Advanced

Semester 5
SON550
35
Clinical Sonography II
ELEC1030
3

General Education Elective (ON LINE)


Semester 6
SON602
7
Comprehensive Review

Semester 7
SON750
35
Clinical Sonography III
ELEC1030
3

General Education Elective (Online)



Last updated 4/17/2014